|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“DATE: FEBRUARY 21, 2015|
|HOWDY FOLKS! BUNNY BACK FROM SOUTH AFRICASorry I missed making a blog last Saturday, but Eric and I didn’t finish organizing my new laptop until after church on Sunday. I flew back on Monday and all went well. Eric, my friend/hostess Elzabe, and I organized all the supplies, did the shopping, and even had some time for frozen yoghurt and ice cream on several of the days. Eric and I had supper with my friend Mike Lander from Pray 4 Zion, as I partner with missionaries Alf and Julie Saunders by sending part of my tithes and offerings to support orphans in the north Israel.
BACK IN BALAMA…
Capena, office manager, Katie, Ashlynn and Steve were busy milling the corn on Monday and distributing food to the orphans on Thursday. Our carpenters managed to get the required bunk bed ladders and safety bars built. Nelson, our first orphan to enter into 11th grade, is now busy painting these ladders for us and going to night school.
Ever see 39, ten pound grasshoppers?
That is what we now have with the 39 baby goats that were all born within 2 weeks of each other.
Kids at play — the four legged kind
I went out to give them their 30 day de-wormer treatments this a.m. When we turned them out with their mothers to graze, all I saw were goats hopping in every direction. They don’t like the damp, foot tall grass (30cm), so try to hop over it, only to find themselves in deeper grass. There is no keeping them with their mothers, who graze nearby, as these little ones much prefer to stay and play on the 3 logs we have in the shade of our cashew nut trees. Baby goats only drink milk until they are at least 30 days old. That is when their stomachs are ready for green leaves. So these little stinkers are only interested in playing around, and have no use for their Mommas until their stomachs start growling.
PRESCHOOL IN FULL SWING WITH 55 LITTLE ONES
Since all children in this area (orphans or not), only speak their tribal language, Makua, our pre-school helps prepare them for first grade.
If you do not know Portuguese, then you will fail, as the teachers are required to teach only in that language.
All 4 and 5 year olds in our 25 orphan houses, as well as the young ones who attend our Sunday school or just live In the area, are eligible to enroll.
Main objective is to teach them the Bible and Portuguese, through song, pictures, and games.
Kids at play — our boys and girls
They also learn the alphabet, colors, and their numbers, so are well ahead of most 1st graders when they enter school.
The new playground is a big hit, but these little ones are forbidden to climb into the treehouse slide, for they are too young to handle it.
Please pray for the corn and bean harvest in our area, as late rains are causing the harvest to be late, and possibly smaller than usual.
This means real problems for our food distribution to the 2,500 orphans who depend on our program.
With God’s help there is still time for the corn and beans to multiply.
They just need some sun shine and a boost from heaven.
FULL TIME FEMALE MISSIONARY HELPER NEEDED WHO CAN COMMIT TO 10 MONTHS STARTING IN MAY OR JUNE.
SPONSORSHIP TO COVER TRAVEL COSTS, MEDICAL, RESIDENCY, AND LIVING EXPENSES PROVIDED. ONLY NEED PERSONAL SUPPORT OF $150/MONTH.
THANKS MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND LOVE GIFTS THAT HELP US MOVE MOUNTAINS FOR JESUS!
Bush Bunny Brenda